This weekend, the District Attorney’s Community Based Crime Reduction Team and Leadership Council participated in activities surrounding ABQ CiQlovía, as part of the CBCR grant’s Early Action Project in Albuquerque’s International District.
CiQlovia is an annual event that promotes community health and safety by closing down streets to traffic and creating a fun and safe space for cyclists and pedestrians. It is modeled off similar “open streets” events worldwide. This year, the event featured a community health fair, activity booths, food trucks, live music and dance, artwork, exhibits, vendors, and more.
The grant’s Early Action Project aimed to encourage community mobilization, spread information about the grant, develop relationships with leaders and residents of the neighborhood, collect qualitative data, and foster engagement and sustainability. For its Early Action Project, the CBCR grant sponsored part of the event, mobilized a volunteer effort, and hosted an activity booth.
On Saturday, October 19, volunteers from the DA’s office, CBCR Leadership Council, and Highland High School helped CiQlovía organizers clean the park and paint the street in preparation for the event the following day. Volunteers swept sidewalks and Southern Ave, cleaned trash and needles from nearby Phil Chacon Park, and painted colorful patterns onto the bike lane and intersections.
On Sunday, October 20, the CBCR project hosted an activity booth, handing out free bike helmets, reflective backpacks, tshirts, and bike locks to children and families as well as engaging the community with a safety mapping project and providing information about the grant and related initiatives. The team gathered key data points about perceptions of crime and safety in the community and distributed safety gear. Volunteers from the community and the DA’s office helped at the booth and with general event coordination.